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SAMHSA’s Award-Winning Newsletter
July/August 2010, Volume 18, Number 4 

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Social Media: Staying Connected

SAMHSA is coordinating with other offices and operating divisions of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), especially the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), to expand the “viral” dissemination of public health information to communities in the Gulf affected by the Deepwater Horizon oil spill.

“SAMHSA’s Facebook and Twitter sites are posting relevant messages and updates daily. We are posting not only our own content on behavioral health messages, but also related content from other Federal agencies working in the area,” said Steven Randazzo, who is leading social media efforts at SAMHSA.

Some of SAMHSA’s messages on Twitter have been “retweeted” by many other accounts, including the main HHS account, which has over 35,000 followers. The CDC/ National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health account has over 71,000 followers.

“Through social media and the partnerships it provides, we’re reaching people faster than we could any other way,” Mr. Randazzo said. “Already, by working collaboratively with different parts of HHS, we have been able to send out a text message on mental health issues via the CDC network.”

For more information on social media at SAMHSA, visit the Agency’s Web site.

Find SAMHSA on Social Media Sites

Twitter

Twitter lets users subscribe to receive brief updates or “tweets” (a maximum 140 characters) from others whom they choose to “follow.” SAMHSA tweets include various announcements and links to resources and information.

Facebook

Facebook lets users create their own sets of “friends” among whom they share brief updates, photos, links, or other information. Similarly, SAMHSA’s Facebook page offers users a place to follow SAMHSA’s updates and share information.

YouTube

YouTube is a video sharing platform that allows viewers to watch videos on the YouTube site, on many mobile devices, and on other sites and blogs that have embedded YouTube videos on their pages. SAMHSA’s YouTube page provides an opportunity to share our information and ideas with a wide audience though a compelling, and increasingly popular, medium.

Flickr

Flickr is an image sharing community that allows people to upload, share, comment, and rate images. SAMHSA is piloting a Flickr project with photos as part of the 2010 Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day events in Washington, DC.



  Cover Story & Related Articles  
Oil Spill Response

Oil Spill Response

SAMHSA efforts make behavioral health a top priority.



  From the Administrator  
Coping with the Oil Spill

Coping with the Oil Spill

SAMHSA Administrator Pamela S. Hyde, J.D., talks about participating in public forums in the Gulf states. Read more.

What’s in a Term:  Latest Responses

What’s in a Term: Latest Responses

SAMHSA has received more than 250 emails in response to the Administrator’s call for comments. Read selected responses.


  Recovery Month  
Ready for Recovery Month?

Ready for Recovery Month?

September is here! Visit RecoveryMonth.gov for details on the biggest celebration yet!



  Multicultural Outreach & Data  
Campaigns Focus on Three Populations

Campaigns Focus on Three Populations

For Chinese, Hispanic, and Native young adults, new public service campaigns focus on mental health.


  Trauma  
Responding to Child Traumatic Grief

Responding to Child Traumatic Grief

When children lose loved ones, what happens then? Also read about creating a trauma narrative.

Policy Academy Promotes Behavioral Health for Service Members

Policy Academy Promotes Behavioral Health

SAMHSA recently convened a Policy Academy to help soldiers as they return from the battlefield.


  Trends  
Dramatic Rise in Abuse of Pain Relievers

Dramatic Rise in Abuse of Pain Relievers

More treatment admissions report abuse of pain relievers.

Admission Patterns over a Decade

Admission Patterns over a Decade

Marked changes have occurred in admissions for substance abuse treatment in the past 10 years.


  Statistics  
In the ER:  Reports on Suicide Attempts

In the ER: Reports on Suicide Attempts

What substances showed up in emergency rooms related to suicide attempts by adolescents and young adults?

States Report on Substance Use, Mental Health

States Report on Substance Use, Mental Health

State-level analyses update data on alcohol abuse, cocaine, pain relievers, and more.


  Women & Substance Abuse  
New Data on  Women Who Work Full Time

New Data on Women Who Work Full Time

How does employment affect women’s substance abuse and treatment?


  Suicide Prevention  
Remember the Lifeline!

Remember the Lifeline!

Feeling desperate, alone, or hopeless? Call SAMHSA’s National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255).


  Medicaid  
Medicaid Eligibility & Mental Illness

Medicaid Eligibility & Mental Illness

Read about a program that helped increase Medicaid enrollment by 17 percent.


  Other News  
Treatment Directory Available

Treatment Directory Available

National Directory of Drug and Alcohol Abuse Treatment Programs 2010 is now available.

Entertainment Industry Meets with Treatment Experts

SAMHSA’s Dr. H. Westley Clark participated in an expert panel to discuss accurate depictions of substance abuse in entertainment.



  


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